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Source: Field to Market news release

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced today a request for public comment of a proposed revision to the Water Quality Metric in the Fieldprint Platform that seeks to replace the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Quality Index (WQI) tool with the NRCS Stewardship Tool for Environmental Performance (STEP). By replacing WQI with STEP, Field to Market's Water Quality Metric will seek to better characterize the site-specific, relative potential for nutrient loss and effectiveness of conservation practices on a given field by accounting for the specific soil, topography and climatic conditions.

The Water Quality Metric can be accessed either through the Fieldprint Platform's online calculator or through associated farm management software that integrates Field to Market's sustainability metrics and algorithms. This metric is one of eight sustainability indicators included in Field to Market's science-based, outcomes-driven and pre-competitive measurement framework, which is utilized by farmers and the value chain to assess the sustainability performance of commodity crops and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

To learn more about the proposed revisions and download the accompanying documentation, please visit our website.

Please send feedback on the proposed revision to by July 24, 2020. We encourage you to circulate this announcement to colleagues and networks who are interested in reviewing the documentation and providing feedback.

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